Officials have confirmed that the first trial to be heard at the King’s Lynn Crown Court since 2009 does signal the return of major cases to the town.
The court, which is housed within the magistrates’ court building in College Lane, re-opened on Monday and will remain in operation “until further notice.”
It is currently staging the trial of Karl Perryman, a senior executive from the Queen Elizabeth Hospital, who faces charges of stalking and witness intimidation, which he denies.
A spokesman for the HM Courts and Tribunals Service said the facility would remain in operation “until further notice.”
She said: “We continue to keep the use of our estate under review to ensure it meets operational requirements. King’s Lynn Crown Court has always been available to hear cases if the workload required it.
“The court will deal with a mixture of jury trials from West Norfolk and other parts of the region.
“As a single-court centre it is more suited to long-running trials rather than high volume short cases so it is expected that it will take suitable bigger cases from Norfolk, Suffolk and Cambridgeshire. Where appropriate it may also hear appeals from King’s Lynn Magistrates’ Court and possibly some local sentencing cases.
“Existing cases for magistrates’ court work in the Crown Court room at King’s Lynn will remain listed as they are.”
North West Norfolk MP Henry Bellingham yesterday welcomed the move.
He said: “For justice to be effective the nearer it takes place to communities, the better.”